Learn How To Say "Cheers" Around the World

Learn How To Say "Cheers" Around the World

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Ariel Knutson
Dec 18, 2014
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How do you toast to good booze and great company? Typically in the United States you say "cheers," but that phrase and its meaning changes as you travel around the globe. In National Geographic's new show Chug, Zane Lamprey travels around the world and tries local drinks and learns how to say "cheers."

In Chug, Zane Lamprey explores drinking culture around the world. He's visited places including Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and Fiji and tried many local drinks. Hard life, right?

During his travels, Lamprey always says "cheers" in the local language with whomever he's drinking with. Add one of these phrases or words to your holiday drinking repertoire – cheers!

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“Yam Seng” - Kula Lumpur, Malaysia; means to toast

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“Ban Tai” - Kula Lumpur, Malaysia; means a plethora of ways

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“Hirup” - Kula Lumpur, Malaysia; means breathe (used the same way we use Cheers)

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“O Ha” - Sarawk, Malaysia; they use this phrase to mean another toast

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“Bula” - Fiji, means: welcome, hello, cheers

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“Salute” - Italy; means to good health

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“Zum wohl” - Vienna; means cheers or to your fulfilment

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Egeszsegedre” - Budapest; means bless you or cheers

How do you say "cheers" where you live?

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